(Closed) OOT Bags…when/what/how?!

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I haven’t done mine yet, but I still think a bottle of water (that you can keep in your bag or bring out to the beach) and some snacks are helpful.  I know I’ve been to all-inclusives that didn’t serve food at every hour, and sometimes you don’t want a burger but just want to snack on nuts or something.  Or include candy/gum.  And maybe those Shout wipes or something, and a couple ibuprofen?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

1. When did you start purchasing the bags/contents of bags for the OOT bags? I purchased the bags early due to a deal, bbut the rest of the stuff I bought in the weeks leading up to the wedding, mostly due to being edible

2. What unique items did you include?(Besides itinerary and sunblock) No help, everything for us was food. Although we did include a welcome note and restraunt sugesstions, which people liked

3. Where did you get the best deals for your bags/contents?! We bought our bags through foryourparty.com. I bought it early in planning and later realized it wasn’t the best deal, but they matched our theme perfectly.

4. Was there anything you regretted not including in your OOT bags? No. People loved teh snacks. Since your going to be in Mexico, is it possible to pick up some type of local snack to include?

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Well I dont think mine will you help you very much but ILl tell you anyways…

We bought our bags a couple months ahead of time. We just used green or yellow paper bags from papermart.com. We started putting them together 3 days before our wedding because thats when I was actually in Georgia near my venue. We put crab chips, a postcard that I made on vistaprint that welcomed our guests, a mini bottle of water, 2 granola bars and some mini candy bars. We also included directions cards to each event and an itinerary. If you want to – you could put little packets of advil that you can get from the travel section. Our guests loved our bags and I dont regret not including anything because I think what we included was fine!

here was the postcard we included…

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I like what starfish suggested. We went to Colombia for a friends DW last March and they had the cutest OOT bags. The bags were these hemp over the shoulder bags that are reusable. They say “Colombia” on the side. Inside she included an itinerary and a note as well as a bottle of water and some snacks that were from Colombia. She also included a little trinket that was a little car with people on it that said “Colombia” on the license plate. We still have it displayed in our house. I loved it!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Don’t forget to put in some advil! You should be able to get a box of those little travel-sized packages pretty easily and after a long flight/drive that’s what people are going to want. (either that or it will be good for hangover recovery)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My questions are…

1. When did you start purchasing the bags/contents of bags for the OOT bags?

We started getting some of the nonperishables like advil and bandaids two months, out, the rest about 3 weeks out.

2. What unique items did you include?(Besides itinerary and sunblock)

Advil packets, bandaids, tums.  Those little mini moo half and half things (our hotel has powdered creamer in the rooms and I hate traveling to hotels that don’t give you real 1/2 and 1/2), a couple of packets of Starbucks via, a packet of hot chocolate, water, the crystal light that you can put in your water bottle, mints, the colgate wisp disposable toothbrushes, shout stain remover wipes, trail mix, cookies, and a couple of mini bottles of baily’s irish cream for people to put in their coffee if they want….I don’t know if any of those are unique, but they seemed like they might be helpful.

3. Where did you get the best deals for your bags/contents?!

Got the advil on amazon, the starbucks from costco…most everything else came from Target.

4. Was there anything you regretted not including in your OOT bags?

 

I really wanted to get everyone a reusable coffee cup, but I just ran out of money and energy.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think hangover kits are a great idea and fitting for a Mexico wedding (so advil, pepto bismol,etc.)

ALso a great idea is a travel mug. Guests will SOOO appreciate this. THat way they can get their drinks in them and have a lid and they are bigger than their cups so less trips to the bar.

Welcome book is a good idea too. Lots of info about the resort and wedding day plans. Also its nice to include pictures and maybe a brief description of your guests so that everyone kind of gets to know everyone.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

1. When did you start purchasing the bags/contents of bags for the OOT bags?

I just ordered mine from http://www.ingreetings.com/onwholortot.html (13 x 13 x 3 for $1.45 each) for my September wedding

2. What unique items did you include?(Besides itinerary and sunblock)

We’re going to include crab chips and berger cookies for our MD wedding. Also local brochures and maybe a who’s who list similar to this: http://wedzu.com/products/who's-who-wedding-genealogy-chart

3. Where did you get the best deals for your bags/contents?!

We plan to go to Sam’s or Costco for water and a few other snacks.

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh and also if you go to bestdestinationwedding.com there is a TON of info on OOT bags. Including lists of things peoples guests used/didn’t use

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

My MIL hand made all our bags but inside I put:

– Customized water bottle

– Underwater camera

– First aid kit (customized)

– Mini photo album

You can see all of our contents here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/10/19/oot-bags-the-contents/

Of all the things though, our guests said they used the bags the most. We saw everyone carrying them around the whole trip. They also really liked the first aid kits and the underwater cameras.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@meerkat:  Where did you get your underwater cameras?  I’m so excited someone else did this, I really think that would be one thing I’d be excited to get as a guest…I get one everytime I go to the beach but they are pricey…did you get a deal for buying in bulk??

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I made personalized travel mugs in our wedding colors (with removable incerts so guests can reuse them if they wish)

I made a little kit that had cute labels with pictures and the words “Too much fun”, “Too much sun”, “Too much booze” and “Too much food” – then inside I put individual Tylenol, Immodium, and Pepto, bandaids, alcohol swabs, sunglass cleaning wipes and individual crystal light (flavors matching our colors!)

 Personalized chapsticks

Candy

Antibacterial handwipes

A card that had instructions to a website for sharing pictures

A thank you card

(think that’s about it, can’t remember!)
 

I will also have personalized fans on the seats for the women for the ceremony.

I didn’t want to pack too much stuff so I put all the contents into the travel mugs and plan to hand them out at the airport while waiting in line so guests can put them in their own carry-on bags

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